I recently got a gaited horse 5 months ago and I joined 4-H ready to compete. I have the rule book for saddleseat and all, I know what to wear etc. But...
How do I get my kentucky mountain horse to do the slow canter like gait?
practice by doing half halts, circles or if needed shut him down, back 3 to 5 steps and start again until you have achieved desired speed. Reward once you have desired gait.
He won't stay in his gait (Rack).. How do I keep him in it?
again lots of practice. He needs to learn how to use his hind end to drive into the bit. Circles, serpentines to help build those muscles.
Is there a diet I should put him on?
I would suggest a biotin or omega horseshine for skin, coat and hooves.
What gaits do they usually ask for at shows?
depends on class but if showing in Saddleseat you will be required to show horse in his breed of gaits. You can not enter into a 5-gaited class unless you horse does a walk, trot, canter, slow gait, and rack.
Is there a specific saddle I need? ( I already have cutback)
And any other advice would help.. Thanks!